Get Outside: Bird-Watching in Bergen County

Shopping malls might rule in Bergen, but there are plenty of places to enjoy fresh-air activities and the summer sunshine.



Ornithology enthusiasts are at home in Bergen, with a wide variety of winged species and great spots for ogling them. See the sites below; learn more at bergencountyaudubon.org and njaudubon.org.

Celery Farm, Franklin Tpk., Allendale.

This 107-acre wildlife oasis in the middle of the suburbs is home to 240-plus species of birds, more than 53 of which breed there.

Dekorte Park, 2 DeKorte Park Plz., Lyndhurst.

This New Jersey Meadowlands park is on the Atlantic Flyway, one of the three key routes used by migratory birds in the U.S. Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view.

Harrier Meadow, Disposal Rd. near Schuyler Ave., North Arlington.

The 78-acre wetland mitigation site has been restored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.

Lorrimer Sanctuary, 790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes.

A self-guided trail system winds through 14 acres of oak and maple, where you might hear migrant songbirds.

Overpeck County Park Creek, 40 Fort Lee Rd., Leonia, on the banks of Overpeck Creek.

It’s great for spotting wading birds, waterfowl and shore birds. Migration season brings opportunities to spot bald eagles, osprey, broad-winged hawks and more.

State Line Lookout, Palisades Interstate Parkway North, Alpine.

This is the highest point along the Hudson Palisades, 532 feet above the river. It’s one of the state’s 14 official hawk-counting sites.

Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck.

The 1.2 miles of wetland walkways make for a prominent bird-watching spot. Don’t forget to catch “Migration Mileposts,” which feature trailside artwork that celebrates the birds of the Atlantic Flyway.

“The Celery Farm in Allendale is an outdoor gem, an amazing oasis for many species of wildlife in Bergen County. The preserve is home to yellow warblers, wood ducks, bullfrogs, snapping turtles and much more! It’s the perfect place to hone your naturalist skills.” —Hugh Carola, captain, Hackensack Riverkeeper

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WINTER WONDERLAND returns to Van Saun Park in Paramus Fridays through Sundays until Jan. 1. The event features open-air ice skating, unlimited carousel rides, zoo events, food trucks and more!...

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Van Saun Park in Paramus
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 Check out FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR TO THE 1960s REVOLUTION!, the Ridgewood Schoolhouse Museum’s exhibit on display Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4...

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Spend the afternoon with Tiny Tim and Scrooge at A CHRISTMAS CAROL, presented by the Sundog Theatre. The show will be performed at both 1 and 4 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in...

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Performing Arts Center
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WINTER WONDERLAND returns to Van Saun Park in Paramus Fridays through Sundays until Jan. 1. The event features open-air ice skating, unlimited carousel rides, food trucks and more! There will also...

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Spend the afternoon with Tiny Tim and Scrooge at A CHRISTMAS CAROL, presented by the Sundog Theatre. The show will be performed at both 1 and 4 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in...

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Join us for an Open House at Braemar at Wallkill! Braemar at Wallkill is thinking differently about assisted living so our residents can live happy, healthy lives and remain an active part of the...

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The Congregation B’nai Israel Temple in Emerson is hosting its CHANUKAH GIVE & GET PROGRAM at 5 p.m. for all school-age children. Come enjoy freshly made latkes and apple sauce, light...

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Join the Mahwah Library at 5:30 p.m. for a game of LIFE-SIZE CANDYLAND in the Winter Room! Earn small treats as you make your way trough the Gumdrop Mountain, Lollipop Woods, Peppermint Forest and...

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WINTER WONDERLAND returns to Van Saun Park in Paramus Fridays through Sundays until Jan. 1. The event features open-air ice skating, unlimited carousel rides, zoo events, food trucks and more!...

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WINTER WONDERLAND returns to Van Saun Park in Paramus Fridays through Sundays until Jan. 1. The event features open-air ice skating, unlimited carousel rides, food trucks and more! There will also...

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Paramus Park Mall
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WINTER WONDERLAND returns to Van Saun Park in Paramus Fridays through Sundays until Jan. 1. The event features open-air ice skating, unlimited carousel rides, zoo events, food trucks and more!...

Cost: Tickets: $14 (online), $16 (at the venue)

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Van Saun Park in Paramus
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